US: "Historic" Applications Test Approvals Process For New N-Plants

Two US energy companies have become the first to submit early site permit (ESP)
applications that could pave the way for them to consider building new nuclear
power plants.

Exelon Generation and Dominion Energy filed the applications with the US Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 25th September.
The applications identify Exelon’s Clinton power station in central Illinois and
Dominion’s North Anna power station, 40 miles north of Richmond, as the sites
where the companies would consider building a new nuclear plant should market
conditions necessitate additional electricity generation.
The chief nuclear officer of the US Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), Marvin
Fertel, said the development was "historic", adding: "(This) is further evidence
that energy companies are engaged in serious planning for the significant steps
that must be taken to meet the nation’s long-term electricity needs.
"For the past several months, the NEI has worked closely with Dominion Energy,
Exelon Generation and other companies to clarify the NRC’s early site permit
evaluation process. This clarification is important for an efficient regulatory
process when a company decides to build a nuclear plant."
He said: "Companies building new power plants must be able to respond to market
conditions without unnecessary federal or state regulatory delay. By earning
approval of advanced reactor designs and potential sites well in advance of the
need for new electricity, companies can respond more rapidly to meet rising
consumer demand for electricity."

Zdroj: NEI

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